Principles and a general approach to dementia-friendly mural artwork

if something does not add value, do not put it on a wall. Inappropriate artwork is clutter and can cause too many distractions, as well as taking the focus away from items that should be adding value. A typical example of poor design would be corridors full of framed pictures that are too high on the walls, are behind reflective glass, show abstract visuals or pictures of one flower or a tree. These will not work as an orientation aid, nor will they work for reminiscence reasons or to offer an opportunity for conversation. They quite simply fill a space, so our advice would be to take them down!

Care is needed when using scenic murals, particularly to cover full walls as these can be very distressing.

Avoiding false realities that can cause distress is important and a feature of our murals is that we do not include images of doors. We would
also never include a 3D step as this would be a trip hazard and we always include a low wall or railings to function as a barrier on scenic


Murals printed on light enabling vinyl work well on lower-level windows and exit doors. The designs are created to encourage people to walk down all corridors and wherever possible not hide the view. However, the print of shrubbery changes the door to look like a window and can significantly reduce agitation and escape attempts

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